Millennial Anxiety is real and is a constant threat to the younger generation. Being anxious sometimes due to some circumstances like exams, job interviews, illness, etc. is normal. However, having a constant anxiousness isn’t. Persistent apprehension about some of the other thing can affect mental health. Such kind of mental health issues can lead to underperformance and further aggravate the unrest, and the cycle continues.
Addiction to technology and gadgets
If we look around, we may find so many millennials continuously drowned in their gadgets; some are playing video games, other on social networking or watching some live streaming or videos or rushing to be successful. Staying away from home or alone also could be the factor affecting the status of mind. There appears to be a constant competition in their minds; it could be with themselves or their peers or social networking sites.
The race could also be to perform better in interviews, in offices, click better selfies or keep oneself up with current trends. There is this ever-increasing thirst for being the best or having the most updated information about popular things. The reason they want to catch up and remain in this competition is not only a result of the evolution of technology but also because of the way the entire society has changed.
There is constant evaluation of youngsters by the society regarding their lifestyle, career, and aspirations. This leads to a continuous struggle to match the same. They struggle to meet the milestones set by the society. Some of which could be unrealistic because each person is different and has his or her own intellectual and physical capacity. There could be limitations to what one could achieve.
Nevertheless, accepting one’s limits working around them and still growing requires some introspection. This is in turn needs time. But, millennials have already set up a hectic schedule for themselves and trapped by their aspiration to achieve the rigid benchmarks. There is always a particular uncertainty that they are worried about.
‘Whether I would be able to or not? Am I going to be left behind? Am I doing enough? Will my selfie get enough likes? Will I be trolled? Will I be earning X amount by the time I am 30?’ …and many more are the nagging fears they live with. This leads to distress and loss of peace of mind.
It is essential for one to understand that a healthy mind and body are the two most important things to let the best in oneself to come out. One should be able to identify at what point the wish is changing into an obsession. Having such clarity will help one to draw a line and take appropriate decisions.
Maintain a Work-life Balance
It is essential to maintain a balance between things that are important for your work and health. Not letting the anxiousness control oneself and pressurize into pushing one’s limits too far. One should be able to practice self-control when one realizes that the demanding-self is affecting one’s mind and in turn sleep. With adequate restraint, one can get over the distress caused due to the various stressors. Introspection can play a vital role in setting goals.
Playing a sport, eating healthy, spending time with positive people, restricting screen time, reading inspiring stories, setting realistic goals are some of how you could help yourself and stay away from negative pressures. Trying not to compete unless you have evaluated yourself with the capabilities required to achieve the same is the best way to achieve positive results. Have clarity on what you want and what you can achieve. Avoid obsessing and start living.